Day 91 – Back to the Source
John’s disciples told him about all these things. Calling two of them, he sent them to the Lord to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?” When the men came to Jesus, they said, “John the Baptist sent us to you to ask, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?’” Luke 7:18-20
It’s a while since John was last on stage at which point he was carted off to prison for confronting the king about his immoral behaviour. It seems surprising that John, a prophet who had baptised Jesus and appeared to know Who it was he was dealing with (Luke 3:16) should remain unsure as to Jesus’ full identity. I can’t throw any light on John’s lack of certainty, but I do wonder if we too fail to grasp just who Jesus is, making do with a limited understanding. The apostle Paul touched on this in his wonderful prayer: I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ. (Ephesians 3:17-18)
As ever, I have sympathy with the apparent weakness of these wonderful Bible characters. As ever, I can learn so much from them. John, from the disadvantage of his prison cell, didn’t ask what other people said about Jesus, consult Who’s Who in the prison library, or go online to check out Wikipedia – useful as those might be. He asked Jesus direct.
We would do well to do likewise and trust that He will reveal more of Himself to us – as He did to John. The best research is always carried out as close to the source as you can get. Same with Jesus.
Lord Jesus, please reveal more of Yourself to me today, that I might gain a clearer understanding of just Who You are – and be transformed by what you show me. Amen.